Let’s be honest here; summer’s come and gone, we’re heading into (slightly) colder times and our collective bank accounts probably need a little break from the festivals and Sunday sessions. With that in mind, quiet nights in are what we need. Good for the mind, body and bank account.
And we have to be realistic; it’s a weeknight. Those three hour Brooklyn Nine Nine marathons will have to wait, and you need to be in bed at a semi-respectable time. Really, you have about three hours to play with (if that).
But there are still options my data-streaming friends. Get your dinner ordered and load up one of these shorter Netflix films for a night in, without being too tired for tomorrow morning’s deathly alarm call.
Run Time: 1hr 55mins
Perfect For: Foodies who can’t stand MKR.
We all love food. Don’t deny it. And while we all no doubt enjoy our dose of reality TV drama, MKR literally feels like a soap opera these days. So this is where you go for food vibes without the annoying-ness. Chef is directed by and stars the multi-talented Jon Favreau who plays an enigmatic chef who goes from restaurant leader to food truck driver. The story is pretty basic I won’t lie, but the #foodporn is orgasmic. It’s an easy watch that delivers some slow-mo and delightful cooking scenes that will get you all warm and fuzzy.
Run Time: 1hr 52mins
Perfect For: Politically incorrect humour with the housemates.
This ones a classic, with the teaming of Seth Rogan and James Franco, you know you’re in for a night of laughs. Whether you’ve seen it before, or it’s your first time watching, The Interview is a clever play on life inside of North Korea (appropriate timing). It might not score the highest ratings on Rotten Tomatoes but it does make for some easy weeknight watching. Get in the spirit and make yourself a margarita for the watching.
Dallas Buyers Club
Run Time: 1hr 56mins
Perfect For: A night on the couch with your best pal, tugging on the heartstrings.
Featuring everyones favourite Matthew McConaughey, this film follows the life of his character Ron Woodroof after he is diagnosed with AIDS. The heart wrenching film won the actor an academy award, so it’s a must watch that you can sneak in mid-week. Directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallee, who is also known for Big Little Lies and Wild.
You Laugh But It’s True
Run Time: 1 hr 24mins
Perfect For: If it’s just a sneaky solo night for yourself.
Home alone tonight? Throw this doco on. You Laugh But It’s True follows The Daily Show’s host, Trevor Noah, on a journey in his native South Africa. It’s a fun documentary with subtle laughs here and there as it looks at the rise of the comedy scene across South Africa. Noah touches on his upbringing and you’ll be surprised by some of the touching moments in the film from a comedian who is killing it in the globally at the moment. It has a Dave Chappelle Bloc Party feel to it at times, and a brilliant soundtrack. Short, on point and insightful.
Run Time: 1hr 40mins
Perfect For: Freaking everyone.
Alright I kept this at the end because there is probably a good chance you’ll choose this one. At an easy 100 minutes, it’s almost lock it in Eddy time. I don’t really need to explain this one to you, but whether you’re 12, 22 or 33, Space Jam is one for the history books. If you are with roommates, at home with the parents or on your own; watching MJ and Bugs sink buckets is always a recipe for success. Relive some childhood memories, and maybe chuck a pizza rounda or chicko roll into the oven while you’re at it.
Image sources: Open Road Films, Day 1 Films, Warner Bros, Deadline, YouTube, Variety.